By Guy L. Beck
Going past the normal depictions of Krishna within the epics, this e-book makes use of neighborhood and vernacular resources to give a variety of Krishna traditions.
Krishna—widely honored and cherished within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many elements. An old manifestation of the best God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the writer of the universe, the destroyer of evil tyrants, and the hero of the epic Mahabharata. he's additionally defined in classical Sanskrit texts as having human features and having fun with very human objectives: Krishna is the butter thief, cowherd, philanderer, and flute participant. but even those playful depictions are dependent upon descriptions present in the Sanskrit canon, and in general mirror general, classical Pan-Indian images.
In this e-book, individuals study the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in varied areas between numerous ethnic teams, vernacular language traditions, and distant branches of Indian religions. those wide-ranging, substitute visions of Krishna comprise the Tantric Krishna of Bengal, Krishna in city women's rituals, Krishna as monogamous husband and more youthful brother in Braj, Krishna in Jainism, Krishna in Marathi culture, Krishna in South India, and the Krishna of nineteenth-century reformed Hinduism.
“The entire quantity bargains a consi-derable spectrum of numerous lesser-known kinds of Krishna bhakti provided from various learn views. it's an informative addition to experiences in commonly conceived Vaishnavism and spiritual traditions.” — Acta Orientalia Vilnensia
“…Guy Beck has … provid[ed] a superbly produced quantity with a few attention-grabbing study papers featuring ‘regional and vernacular adaptations on a Hindu deity’ … [he] has performed a good carrier via accumulating and soliciting splendidly wealthy and various articles.” — Indo-Iranian Journal
"Surely, there are few, if any, deities extra crucial and demanding to Hinduism than Krishna. This quantity provides very important voices to our figuring out of this Hindu deity, a true and extremely major accomplishment." — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Roads of extra, Palaces of knowledge: Eroticism and Reflexivity within the research of Mysticism
Contributors contain Jerome H. Bauer, man L. Beck, Glen Alexander Hayes, June McDaniel, Anne E. Monius, Christian Lee Novetzke, Tracy Pintchman, Valerie Ritter, and A. Whitney Sanford.